This week needed to be productive, as my daughter has her 'Fall Break' (like half-term but really late in the term!) next week to include Thanksgiving.
We managed to get through most of the subjects, though we didn't cover as much as I had scheduled. Here's what we did cover:
IGCSE Maths (0580)
Pemberton, (2012) Essential Mathematics for Cambridge IGCSE: Extended, [ISBN 9780199128747] pp. 274 - 275
How we covered the material: Sets and Venn diagrams were a completely new topic for my daughter, so this was covered at her pace, not mine.
How I judged knowledge/skill acquisition: After an initial slow start, I became aware that my daughter was quickly grasping the material as she was able to articulate how the sets should be created. Sometimes the most effective way to judge knowledge acquisition is to ask the student to explain the concepts back to you.
IGCSE English Language (0500)
Cox, (2010) Cambridge IGCSE First Language English Teacher's Resource [ISBN 9780521743693], pp. 67 - 72 (Unit 12)
How we covered the material: Reading through the texts and then looking at argumentative features of writing.
How I judged knowledge/skill acquisition: Writing argumentative pieces can be quite a challenge, so it was important to analyse the texts and discuss argumentative or persuasive writing, including bias. Discussion work allows me to hear ideas, opinions and ways to improve understanding.
IGCSE English Literature (0486)
Cambridge University Press (2012) Songs of Ourselves: The University of Cambridge International Examinations Anthology of Poetry in English [ISBN 9788175962484]
How we covered the material:This week we looked at rhyme scheme for all 14 poems. I also introduced half rhymes, a new concept to my daughter.
How I judged knowledge/skill acquisition: I did the rhyme schemes for the first couple of poems and then let my daughter complete the rest in her own interpretation.
IGCSE History (0580)
Cantrell, J. (2013) 20th Century History for Cambridge IGCSE [ISBN 9780199136360] pp. 115 - 132
McCleavy (2005) Twentieth Century History: International Relations since 1919 [ISBN 9780521893503]pp.166-167
How we covered the material: As with the other History units, I introduced the topic and asked what my daughter knew. The material was a continuation of what she had already covered, though the focus was on the USSR's control over Eastern Europe.
How I judged knowledge/skill acquisition: Instead of giving my daughter an essay question based on the whole topic, I gave her three questions based on a 5-7-8 model of past papers. That is, a description question, a description and explanation question, and a 'to what extent' question (to show me different perspectives relating to the same issue and stating an opinion based on supporting evidence). I will be able to see how well she does with this new type of assessment once she hands in her work :)
IGCSE Geography (0460)
Guinness & Nagle (2014) Cambridge IGCSE Geography [ISBN 9781471807275] pp. 43 - 45
How we covered the material: Still working with the population theme, but we started a new section on urban settlements. Reading and discussing the material is the initial way to become familiar with the material, so we did.
How I judged knowledge/skill acquisition: There was not as much covered as I had hoped, but I was still able to ask questions about what we covered today.